Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Carole Andrews of Reclaimed Living is organizing a summer program where a portion of the proceeds for the sessions will go back to the school of each participant.
The Nest at 17 College Street has expanded to include a savvy summer arts program focusing on children of all ages and skill levels, and it's for a good cause. Carole Andrews, owner and operator of Reclaimed Living, organized the program to provide a "productive atmosphere to keep children busy, creative and challenged." Taught by experienced and talented art teachers on weeknights and Saturdays, the program is designed to provide a safe learning experience for medically challenged and at-risk kids. It also includes a not-for-profit campaign to assist underprivileged children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to play with art. "This is going to be way bigger than coloring or making simple projects," Andrews explained. "These …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Proceeds from the event will go to training service dogs.
The Nest is hosting A Time Fur Love this Saturday, March 31, to benefit service dogs for the disabled. Guests can sip on wine and nibble on cheese while taking in pieces of doggy and pet art, created by local animal portrait artists in a number of different mediums. "I love the idea of surrounding party goers with artwork that they somehow connect with," said Lori Sturgess, director of The Nest. The proceeds from the event, including a percentage of custom work sold, will benefit Canine Assistants, a non-profit that assists in service dogs. The Alpharetta organization helps train dogs for individuals with physical disabilities, seizure disorders and other special needs, according to a press release about the event. Trainers teach the dogs …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Looking for a venue for your next party? Or a fun workshop to sign up for?
Lots of things are going on at The Nest to start the spring season, so get those paintbrushes ready and head on over. In addition to its number of workshops every month (a list of them can be found below), the 17 College Street arts incubator is now hosting parties for both adults and children. The parties are art-themed, said Lori Sturgess, the director of The Nest. Stations are set up for guests to create something with scraps of everything: fabric, wood, stone, metal and more. Prototypes can be made in advance for people to follow, or people can make wherever their creative hands lead them. "Sometimes it is just fun to fool around with the pieces to see what people come up with," said Sturgess. "It is an exercise in creativity that many…
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
A second class to teach crocheting and knitting will be at The Nest.
There is still space available for the last class on crocheting and knitting for Spring Into Yarn, the March 31st yarn-bombing event that will bring colorful creations to the city's streets. The free class will be this Saturday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Nest, located at 17 College Street. Light refreshments will be available. Learn how to crochet and knit, in addition to seeing a live demo on exactly how to yarn bomb. Beginners and experts on knitting and crocheting are welcome. Participants who attended the first workshop are also welcome to bring their finished work and supplies to make more crafts. The class will also venture throughout historic downtown to scope out different areas to "bomb" for the Spring Into Yarn …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Spaces for this Saturday's extraordinary workshop are still available for knitting and crocheting.
Yarn bombing--a street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted items--is coming to town March 31, and the Nest and Home Norcross are offering free workshops to kickstart the event. Beginners can learn how to yarn bomb through crocheting and knitting at two workshops: One will take place this Saturday, Feb. 18, at Home Norcross, one of downtown's newest retailers, and the Nest at 17 College Street will be hosting the second class March 17. Both classes are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with light refreshments available. Participants in the classes will be completing yarn bomb projects to be displayed during the city's "Spring Into Yarn" event March 31. Whether its on a lamp post, bike rack or utility pole the artist chooses, …
Monday, January 30, 2012
The city's newest art hub had an opening soriee this weekend, with an interactive exhibit that let community members leave their mark.
The grand opening of The Nest, the new arts center and incubator in Historic Norcross, was held on Saturday with much fanfare. The event, which was also a fundraiser for the Norcross Arts Alliance, was widely supported by the community. A feeling of excitement buzzed through the large, diverse crowd that filled the recently renovated old Rectory at 17 College St., next to the Cultural Arts and Community Center. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer as they perused art displays and mingled when they weren’t being entertained by live painting demonstrations or the interactive nest sculpture, located in the foyer. “I love the interactive nest (sculpture), where you put your own piece to help build the nest,” exclaimed Cecie Harrington…
Friday, January 27, 2012
Interactive sculpture project, food and fun to mark the opening of the newest arts center in Norcross.
The walls have been painted and the artwork hung. After months of planning and hard work, the much-anticipated grand opening of the Nest, the new arts center and incubator in Historic Norcross, has been set. On Jan. 28 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. the doors will be opened in the old Rectory at 17 College St., next door to the Cultural Arts and Community Center. Those at the soiree will be able to participate in an interactive sculpture-building project that will have a spectacular reveal—and be a chance for community members to leave their mark on the Nest, says Director Lori Sturgess. Strugess said she’s been taken aback by the outpouring of donated materials and donated time. “I’m so humbled by everyone’s generosity,” she said. Now she’s just …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Norcross Arts Center gives a sneak peak during soft opening on Saturday.
Artists around Norcross and the state have a new venue to showcase their talents. "The Nest" previewed some of what is to come during a soft opening on Saturday evening. Located at 17 College St. in the parsonage near the Community Center and Lionheart Theatre, the arts center will feature different artists every few months, according to organizers.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
The Norcross Arts Center, aka the Nest, will open its doors at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
The tree is lit, so its officially time for a holiday party, right? The historic property next to the Cultural Arts and Community Center, home of the Lionheart Theatre Company, has taken on new life as the Norcross Arts Center--and tonight is the night to check it out for yourself. The center, nicknamed the Nest, was historic Victorian home that served as a rectory for the nearby church. It's most recent use was as storage by the city. Artist Lori Sturgess and many volunteers have rolled up her sleeves in recent months to tranform the space into an Arts Center. The Center will have three components, according to the Norcross Arts Alliance. It will function as an arts incubator, educating members of the community who want to develop their…
Friday, August 26, 2011
The old rectory is taking on a new creative life.
A paint-speckled Lori Sturgess pads around the rooms of the old rectory with creative purpose on a recent afternoon, volunteers littered about with brushes and rollers in hand. She describes her vision for the “arts incubator" non-profit, called the Nest, that is in the works at the city-owned parcel, which is next door to the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center in the historic area. In the circular entryway, one of her sculptures made out of a repurposed piano, with exposed keys hanging from their strings to form a mobile. In one of the back rooms, the perfect space for a stage for performing arts. The upstairs rooms, with their low ceilings and cozy nooks and crannies, will be studio space for artists in residence to hone their …